Danger of working alone

by on September 23, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network
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It’s not always possible for everyone to work in sight of others. But when possible, team people up as much as possible. If others can react quickly to an incident, they have the best chance of reducing injuries, and even saving lives.

Jack L. Martin, 76, of Troy, OH, died after becoming trapped in a sand pit at his workplace, Snyder Brick & Block of Franklin Township, OH. Martin was operating a forklift and working alone, dumping sand into a hopper. Martin ended up buried in the 12-foot sand mound inside the hopper, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

OSHA is investigating the tragedy. As the details are sketchy, the exact lesson is difficult to draw, except to avoid working alone when possible — the worker in this case might have suffered from a medical problem that caused him to fall into the hopper, rescue workers reported to local press.

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